Plex

Manufacturing Quality Management Software

Quality Management Modules

Maintain quality disciplines, tools and techniques to drive inspection data collection for Statistical Process Control (SPC).

Give yourself the advantage of adding essential quality disciplines as an integral part of your production processes. Use tools and techniques like failure mode effects analysis (FMEA) and control plans to continuously improve processes. Use defect and deviation tracking as well as checksheets and process instructions to drive inspection data collection for SPC requirements. Quality Management in the Plex Manufacturing Cloud enables you to meet compliance requirements with the ability to trace production from start to finish.
 

Checksheets and Process Instructions

  • Access process instructions and author checksheets directly from the control panel
  • Fully integrated with and driven from the Control Plans module
     

Control Plans

  • Help ensure compliance with quality standards by creating and managing powerful and effective, highly-detailed process control plans with detailed inspection instructions and checksheets
  • Specify sample frequency, gaging, control chart type and other quality-oriented data
  • Define control plans specific to each product,  product type or process
  • Optionally create one or more “common” control plans to cover a whole range of products or processes in a generic fashion
  • View and execute control plan instructions and checksheets directly from the Control Panel and other interfaces
  • Highly integrated with product specifications
  • Is often a necessary element for quality standard compliance
     

Defect Log

  • Track production defects at the inventory container level
     

Deviation Tracking

  • Track approved deviations from control plan dimensions or specifications during the production process
     

Dynamic Control Plans

  • Combine the benefits of specification-level control plans with failure mode effects and analysis (FMEA) methodology, gage repeatability and reproducibility (gage R&R) and process capability (Cp/Cpk)
     

FMEA

  • Use failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) to address questions like:
    • What can go wrong with a product design or a production process?
    • What will happen if it fails?
    • What controls do we have in place to detect failures?
    • What product or process improvements should have the highest priority?
  • Create, edit and view design and process FMEAs
  • Link FMEAs to specific products or product types
  • May be a necessary element for quality standard compliance

Inspection Data Collection

  • Establish and maintain a detailed list of product dimensions and characteristics
  • Assign dimension names and descriptions, gage type, target values, dimensional and attribute tolerances
  • Where appropriate, define formulas that derive variable specification limits from data such as actual chemical composition of the inventory being produced
  • Optionally specify custom gages, SPC special cause alert parameters and significant characteristic symbols
  • Link specifications to potential failure modes
  • Keep a complete history of specification changes and applicability over time
     

Issue Management

  • Identify and record issues on which company focus needs to be maintained
     

Part Specifications

  • Establish and maintain a detailed list of dimensions and characteristics on specific parts, including dimension name, target value and tolerance
     

Process Flow Charts

  • Create presentation-quality process flow diagrams
  • Diagrams are dynamic and driven directly from process routing data
     

SPC

  • Collect in-process inspection data for statistical process control (SPC)
  • Perform capability studies, dock audits, dimensional layouts, first-piece and final inspection sheets and any special user-defined checks
  • View data with on-screen charts such as histogram, average and range, run chart and individuals chart
  • Automatically complete all statistical calculations such as standard deviation and process capability (Cp/Cpk)
  • Integrated with the part specifications, control plans and gage control
  • Is often a necessary element for quality standard compliance
     

Specification Management (Documents)

  • Manage and track documents such as engineering specifications, material specifications and other external standards